As we begin to creep towards August, the fishing scene across Long Island continues to be very active. Big stripers haven’t kept up with the same crazy pace as last week, however they can still be found working bait schools or on the troll. Fluke, sea bass and porgies are all fishing well in most places and makes for a day full of tight lines.
At Stella Maris in Brooklyn, Stretch reports that the best fishing this week has been targeting porgies. Anglers have found success by the Marine Park Bridge and off the bay side of Breezy Point. There have been a few stripers around for those drifting eels at night but the bite isn’t red hot at the moment. Bluefish have been decent at sunrise as you can follow the birds to the fish, but once the sun comes up fully and the heat begins to kick in, they seem to shut down and wait for the next day. Offshore, some yellowfin, bluefin and a couple tilefish off the bottom have been making trips out worth while.
John from Hudson Park Bait and Tackle has seen an invasion of cocktail blues move into the New Rochelle area. Fluke fishing has not been great here this year and the slow fishing continues this week. There are a couple of keepers being picked here and there, but between the massive amounts of sea robins mixed with dog fish and all the shorts, the action has been very frustrating at times. Still, as it goes, a day on the water beats any day off and even unwanted catch is better than none at all.
In Oceanside, at Bay Park Fishing Station, fluke and sea bass have been producing some great action. At a spot just south of the inlet, a boat landed 10 fluke and 10 sea bass that met the legal length on squid and spearing tipped hooks. Atlantic Reef is also doing well as a 6.85-pound fluke gulped down a whole squid to be pulled off the bottom. Over at Rockaway Reef, the sea bass bite has been great. Six keepers were hooked into on one trip out with the biggest weighing in at 3.15 pounds.
At Sea Isle Custom Rod Builders, Robert reports that fluking has been good in the bay despite the large number of shorts around. Anglers are still finding it well worth the effort to catch their fill. Stripers around here have been small in the bay and with not much going on outside, hoping to find those bigger bass mixed in seems to be the best chance at the moment. Sea bass action has been decent. No one is knocking them down out there but there is some action to be had.
At Smith Point Bait and Tackle, stripers and sharks have been holding center stage this week. A good number of sand tiger sharks have been around as two friends of the shop landed nice ones off the beach. Bass have also been surprisingly good as a 39 pounder was brought in to weigh just days ago. This wasn’t the only one to draw attention at the shop, however it was the biggest so far.
Paul from River Bay Outfitters continues to notice the heat be a factor for both the fish and the anglers looking for them. However, a friend of the shop was fishing a beach on the North Shore, in Huntington and landed 10 bass before he had to leave. On the freshwater scene, the Long Island Fly Rodders took a trip out to the Connetquot River and had superb fishing. “Queens Jimmy” had a number of trout but one that stretched out to an impressive 22 inches. It was one of those beautiful, old stocked trout we all look for when hitting the preserve. “Kenny the hat” also did very well here and on his first trip out with the group, “Big Drew” put on an impressive display with quite a few trout, proving he fits right in.
Aboard the Northport Charters boat with Captain Stu, a young angler named Orion nailed his first ever fluke weighing in at 4.5 pounds during the Capt. Stu’s kids fishing camp. The fluke bite here has been producing well over the last few weeks and Stu has been staying right on top of them. Scup are also fishing well here mixed in with a few sea bass.
In Kings Park, at Terminal Tackle Company, John Sr. reports that the local beaches are turning out lots of fish this week. Porgies have been all over, although the biggest have been in about 40-50 feet of water. Sunset off the beach has been a great time though, and with a few sea bass mixed in and tons of cocktail blues chasing schools of sand eels, there is plenty of action on the shoreline to keep anglers of all ages and skill sets entertained. Stripers can be found under the many schools of bunker in the area. They aren’t under every pod so it will take some time to target them, but when it’s calm, you can see the baitfish being pushed on the surface which makes for easy locating. With plenty of fish weighing 30 pounds and up, it’s well worth the time put in.
At Miller Place Bait and Tackle, Jim has been seeing some big blues around the area. This week, a 16.1 pounder was brought to the shop to be weighed. Porgies and sea bass remain on patrol off of Cranes Neck and have been holding steady with a good bite. By buoy 11, fluke are holding fast to the bottom and even a couple keepers can be enticed off the bottom with a whole squid or squid/spearing combo.
Ryan Schlichter blogs for On The Water magazine. Visit www.onthewater.com for the full version of this report, including the fishing forecast for our waters and other regional fishing news.